Tensions raised by Israeli police crackdown at Al-Aqsa
When Israeli police raided Al-Aqsa Mosque before dawn on Wednesday, severely beating and arresting hundreds of worshipers, tensions were growing across the Palestinian territories.
Over 50 people were apparently hurt, the Al-Aqsa Medical Clinic was wrecked, ambulances were reportedly unable to reach the injured, and the mosque’s windows and doors were broken.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that amid conflicts outside the city walls and close to the mosque, 12 wounded were treated by its teams in Jerusalem. 25 injured persons were arrested and then released from Israeli holding facilities, while three people were transported to the hospital.
After the Great Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is regarded as Islam’s third holiest location. There, a great number of people offer Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. The Israeli military and police, though, are a hindrance.
Jewish extreme groups have called for goats to be sacrificed at the compound as part of the Passover celebration, which began on Wednesday night. This is another provocative action. Due to this, a large number of Muslim believers stayed in the mosque on Tuesday night to pray and stop the settlers from carrying out their plans.
Muslim worshippers remained in the mosque because they would not have been allowed to return to guard it or pray over those days because Israeli authorities chose to entirely close the Palestinian Territories until Saturday midnight due to the Passover holiday.
Two settlers were detained by Israeli police on Wednesday as they attempted to enter the mosque’s grounds to make a Passover sacrifice.
Over 350 individuals were reportedly evacuated from the mosque, according to Israeli police. They continued by saying that they had detained stone-throwers, disguised individuals, and people accused of desecrating the mosque.
Jordan, which is in charge of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, urged the Israeli government to evacuate the police and special forces from the sacred area right away.
The spokesperson for Jordan’s foreign ministry, Sinan Al-Majali, called the crackdown a “flagrant violation” and urged Israel to uphold international humanitarian law and avoid taking any actions that may alter the course of history.
He held Israel accountable for the mosque’s and the attendees’ safety and forewarned of the potential repercussions of the reckless escalation.